The Five Elements: Water in Ayurveda

The element water, called “apas” in Sanskrit, is the fourth of the five great elements (pancha mahabhutus). It comes fourth because it evolves from ether, air, and fire; water contains aspects of the other three … More »

The Five Elements: Fire in Ayurveda

The element fire, called “tejas” in Sanskrit, is the third of the five great elements (pancha mahabhutus). It comes third because it evolves from ether and air, containing the essence of these elements within it. … More »

The Five Elements: Ether in Ayurveda

The element ether, called “akasha” in Sanskrit is the first of the five great elements (pancha mahabhutus). It comes first because it is the most subtle of the elements. Often referred to as “space,” it … More »

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The Five Elements: Earth in Ayurveda

The element earth, called “prithvi” in Sanskrit, is the fifth of the five great elements (pancha mahabhutus). It comes fifth because it evolves out of each of the other four elements (ether, air, fire and water), … More »

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The Five Elements: Air in Ayurveda

The element air, called “vayu” in Sanskrit, is the second of the five great elements (pancha mahabhutus).  It comes second because it evolves from ether. As the potential inherent within space becomes active, the result … More »